Real Talk for Real Change Symposia Series

The Real Talk for Real Change symposia series is open to the public and focuses on the critical issues of racial justice in education by centering the voices of UW–Madison scholars of color and community members. Our hope is to share knowledge and facilitate conversations that will equip our UW–Madison and the wider education community to focus on equity in our education policies, curriculum, and practices of teaching and learning.

This event is hosted by the School of Education’s Offices of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI), and PLACE. This partnership was made possible by the generosity of the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services (WCEPS) and the School of Education’s Impact 2030 Initiative.

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Program Coordinators

Lisa Barker

Position title: Executive Director

Yorel Lashley

Position title: Director of Programs

Percival Matthews

Position title: Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology


If you have questions about the Real Talk for Real Change Symposia Series, please email Education Director Lisa Barker at